1. ITV Report

Daft as a Brush founder receives Points of Light award

Brian Burnie. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The founder of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care delighted to receive the Prime Ministers ‘Points of Light’ Award.

Brian Burnie has been given a Points of Light award by Prime Minister Theresa May.

This award is designed to recognise individual volunteers making positive changes in their communities.

The British award was set up in partnership with the American Points of Light Foundation, which was established more than 25 years ago and has since recognised over 6,000 inspiring volunteers in the US.

Mr Burnie, 74, is the UK’s 958th Point of Light.

He said:

I am both delighted and honoured to receive this award and do so on behalf of the 300 volunteers we have working so tirelessly from Daft as a Brush House in Newcastle. With their hard work and commitment to the charity, we achieve some 40,000 cancer patient journeys each year. It is very touching for the volunteers and the charity to be recognised.”

“By visiting Cancer Centres throughout Great Britain and Ireland, my goal is to take the charity nationwide by walking 7,000 miles around the coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland - Together we can create 1,000,000 cancer patient journeys.”

– Brian Burnie, Daft as a Brush